WHY MENOPAUSE OCCURS IN YOUNGER WOMEN
There are a variety of reasons why you may enter menopause earlier in life. Sometimes, the cause may be linked to your genetic makeup or your past. Some women are just born with very few eggs, and if your mom went into menopause early, chances are, you will, too.
Other culprits include premature ovarian failure (POF) — when a woman's ovaries stop producing eggs and the hormones needed to ovulate — which is almost always linked to autoimmune disorders. Surgical menopause (the deliberate forcing of menopause due to health reasons like endometriosis or ovarian cancer), cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation, eating disorders, and infections of the ovaries are also possible causes of early or premature menopause.
KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE
The symptoms of menopause are the same across the board, regardless of age. Irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, lack of sexual drive, irritability, painful sex and vaginal dryness stand out as the most common signs. However, some women may continue to have normal periods with no symptoms and do not find out that they are menopausal until they have trouble conceiving. Regular checkups and pelvic exams with an OB/GYN are therefore important, especially for younger women who plan to eventually get pregnant.
HOW TO TREAT EARLY MENOPAUSE
The standard treatment for early menopause is hormone therapy, which gives your body a boost of estrogen, progesterone or both. These hormones also enable the uterus to support a possible pregnancy. Other doctors may prescribe a combined oral contraceptive pill (COC), containing both estrogen and progesterone, which may also help prevent osteoporosis and brittle bonesâ€”a common concern among menopausal women. To determine the best treatment for you, talk with your doctor.
HOPE FOR PREGNANCY DESPITE MENOPAUSE
Even though premature menopause basically tricks your body into thinking it can no longer reproduce, some women are able to successfully conceive despite the odds. There are a variety of fertility treatments
available, including certain medications and in vitro fertilization, or a woman can opt to go with a donor egg.
Additionally, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has proven to be an aid in younger women achieving pregnancy despite premature menopause. In fact, the added boost of estrogen and progesterone are said to give women up to a 50 percent chance of becoming pregnant. Otherwise, the chance of becoming pregnant is less than 10 percent. Read more about HRT
If you think there is a chance you are entering early menopause, consult your doctor right away, as you may also be at an increased risk for other health problems, including osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
For additional details and support, visit Earlymenopause.com
and the American Pregnancy Association
. And for more information on menopause, visit Natural remedies for menopause